Put on your scarves, gloves and boots and head for The Dome in Johannesburg and GrandWest Arena, Cape Town these winter school holidays where more than 50 classic and contemporary Disney characters will be waiting to warmly welcome guests of all ages to the ‘Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!’ showcase.
The show opens at the GrandWest Arena at GrandWest Casino for 10 shows from Wednesday, July 8, to Sunday, July 12. Tickets are on sale at Computicket.
This new ice extravaganza is a captivating compilation of favourite holidays and celebrations from around the globe. Mickey Mouse and many of his Disney friends invite the audience join them as they travel on a delightful tour of festivities jam-packed with fun surprises, spectacular skating and vibrant costumes.
Drawing upon their own holiday experiences for research, the production’s creative team was able to envision a show with an abundance of colours, warmth and spirit to evoke the pleasant memories of the holidays for the audience. “At the beginning of the show we invite everyone to ‘Be Our Guest,’ and we want the audience to feel like they are participating in the show, not that they are merely watching it,” says Director Patty Vincent. “The audience gets to be a part of what we experience on the ice – they’ll feel like they went trick or treating with Mickey and spent Valentine’s Day with the Disney Princesses.”
“‘Let’s Celebrate!’ is all about experiencing the holidays through the eyes of the Disney characters. We have a variety of celebrations from all over the world,” adds Vincent. “With Mickey’s Digital Global Destinator, we are able to travel to far-off places like China for the Chinese New Year and to Brazil for Carnival.”
As Mickey and his friends travel through each special time of year, Scenic Designer Robert Little sets the ice with iconic props that embody the essence of each celebration. An illuminated cherry blossom tree depicts the beauty of the Japanese Cherry Blossom festival, Sakura; a tree-like structure wrapped in gleaming white lights descends from the ceiling as snowfall blankets the scene of a Winter Wonderland; and an elegant canopy of shimmery fuchsia chiffon drapes the ice for a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball. The atmosphere of each celebration is enhanced through the help of a large video projection screen that displays vivid images created by Video Designer Ilja Nowodworski. From silky kimonos made of lavender and pink florals for Japanese Sakura to citrus-coloured feather headpieces for Brazil’s Carnival to iridescent whites and silvers adorned with snowflake appliqués and rhinestones for the Winter Wonderland scene, Costume Designer Vanessa Leuck designed costumes from across the spectrum.
From twisting and fire-twirling Hawaiian luau dancers to the zombie-like movements of the ghoulish groupies in the Halloween segment, choreographer Cindy Stuart adds high-energy and a unique style to each performance number. In the Valentine’s Day segment, seven pairs of Disney Princesses and Princes skate to contemporary remixes of classic songs from each princess story and then come together for ‘That’s How You Know’ from the Walt Disney Pictures feature ‘Enchanted’.
* For more information, visit www.disneyonice.co.za.
Patrons are asked to note that owing to safety regulations each person, irrespective of age must have a purchased ticket.
WIN! – CAPE TOWN
We are giving away four family packages (four tickets for each family). Send your name and “Disney On Ice” in the subject line in an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday, June 29, at 12pm. Good luck!
WIN! – JOBURG
We are giving away four family packages (four tickets for each family) for the show on Thursday, July 2. Send your name and “Disney On Ice” in the subject line in an e-mail to: email@example.com before Friday, June 26, at 12pm. Good luck!